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Odd, but Interesting

Touch the Soil News #823 (Feature photo – public domain by Caldorwards4) How much is a typical Albertson’s grocery store building and parking lot worth? On September 25, 2017, the Albertson’s company entered into an agreement to sell the real estate facilities of 71 of its grocery stores and lease them back from the new buyer. A rather unusual transaction, we were able to find the original terms of the deal as registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The purchase price of the real estate associated with the 71 Albertson’s stores is $720,661,534. This equates to an average of $10,150,162 per store location. Unfortunately, the document did not include…

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Electrically Delivered Food – Demise of Grocery Stores?

Touch the Soil News #660 (Feature Photo courtesy of PicNic) Across the ocean in Europe – The Netherlands specifically – a new online supermarket started up 18 months ago. Called PicNic, they started up with 150 customers and now serve over 30,000 households. The process strives to get groceries to people at the least cost. Here is how it works: You download the PicNic app. You order online what you want. Within 10 minutes of ordering, you get a confirmation of when the groceries will be delivered to your home. You can follow in real time the delivery vehicle on its way to your house. The service is like the…

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Grocery Services to Change Food Buying

Touch the Soil News #527 Online giant Amazon has been in the top end food delivery service since 2008. Now they want to actually open brick and mortar stores. Some of the stores will be what is called Click and Collect – buy the groceries online and then stop at a convenient Amazon store to pick them up. Rumors are that Amazon may utilize license-plate scanning, in-store Kiosks and a rapid drive-through pick-up option. While it is still a ways off, rumor also has it that they plan to have a 20-location pilot program in places such as Seattle, Las Vegas, the Bay Area and New York within a couple…

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Taking a Chance – Free Grocery Delivery via Electric Vans

Touch the Soil News #185 In the faraway land of the Netherlands, some 30 savvy tech folks have been working for three years to invent a new grocery plan. Order groceries on you smart phone and have them delivered for free in an environmentally friendly electric van. The plan is to work with food distributors directly and pass the savings on to customers. Without having to maintain a brick and mortar store front, the savings can be used to offset the cost of the free “electric” delivery and still be competitive with major grocery chains. The Picnic electric van uses standardized containers for customer orders Called Picnic, the founders discovered…

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